Many different types of things have been used to get the tinted window effect over the years. From tin foil to newspaper, the attempt to block out the excessive light and heat that comes through has been made. There were many crude attempts in the earlier days such as making films that were simply dyed a darkened color and then applied to the glass. This seemed to work, but it didn’t last very long because the film would begin to chip and peel due to the exposure to temperatures that were extremely hot or extremely cold. Removing it was quite difficult and had to be done often.
The dyes used to make the materials for the tinted window changed over the years, and the manufacturers began to experiment with adding slivers of metal to the dye. This allowed the film to last longer and resist chipping and peeling from the temperature changes that panes go through in most climates. This was also the first successful attempt at keeping the room cooler with the use of this new type of dye.
As the tinted window materials continued to evolve, they became better at withstanding the temperatures and much better at being longer lasting. They also began to block the rays that heated the rooms up in the summer. Being able to block infrared rays while still allowing sunlight to come through to provide natural light was a huge developmental step in the right direction for the companies that produced these films.
As the technology improved, tinted window films were also designed to be able to shield a home or office from not only the infrared rays that cause a building to heat up, but also the ultraviolet rays that are unhealthy for human beings. This again was a breakthrough for the film companies.
Now it is possible to purchase film for the tinted window effect that serves more than one purpose. It protects against heat and against ultraviolet rays that can damage the skin and cause other health problems while still allowing the light to shine through. It also has another function that helps to preserve the home and its contents. This is shielding furniture and art work from these rays. Certain types of paint can fade in direct sunlight. This can be bad news for any type of art work that may be hung on the wall or displayed in a room. Sunlight also can dry out wood which can cause a lot of damage to furniture and other types of fixtures in the room.
Some people even prefer the film to be much darker so as to provide a form of privacy. This is often found in buildings that are situated in a city and on their upper floors. The contemporary design often calls for an open floor plan without draperies or blinds. This allows for that open feeling with a degree of privacy.
Whether it is for protection of the furniture and art or the protection of the inhabitants in the home, this film is a great option.